August 1, 2014 new ATP requirements will take effect. These changes are the result of Congressional action, FAA regulations updates, and industry collaboration to meet training standards in response to accidents and safety concerns identified over the past decade. Whether you agree with the changes or not, they are going to be the new normal and they can be confusing.
The FAA has developed a website that details all of the current requirements. Visit http://www.faa.gov/pilots/training/atp/ to learn more.
One of the most confusing changes in the ATP training requirements is the new offering of a “Restricted ATP” certificate that can allow for reduction of hours requirements under some circumstances for applicants based on the specific training programs they completed. This can become confusing when attempting to determine applicant eligibility for practical tests and certification. Most of these are completed under FAR Parts 61 and 41 and are addressed in a job aid the FAA has developed, ATP – Airplane Multiengine Applicant Qualifications Job Aid for Applicants Engaged in Operations Under 14 CFR Part 61 or 141. This job aid offers information that examiners can use to determine applicant eligibility.